Cap Anamur established a contact point for street children in Freetown, with a team of local and German social workers and in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Welfare of Sierra Leone. Here, the children and young people receive a warm meal and a place to sleep. The social workers support them in their plans for the future by mediating between the children and their families and helping with their reintegration into school.
Our employees quickly found a suitable house. Our new colleague, 30-year-old social worker Ruth Zemedebrhan, moved from Stuttgart to the capital of Sierra Leone in July and coordinates the work on site. Previously, she had worked in Germany as a street worker. During the first tours with her three local colleagues in August, they already informed the first youths about the new hostel. Only a few days later the first teenagers aged between 10 and 13 years came. The local social workers are now trying to locate the families of the children.
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Background information about Sierra Leone
The West African country is the size of Bavaria and has about six million inhabitants. The civil war, which was settled in 2002, cost hundreds of thousands of people their lives, and many still suffer traumatisation from the atrocities of war. Despite the country’s wealth of resources, almost three quarters of the Sierra Leoneans live below the poverty line – on the Human Development Index the country ranks in the last eight of the 187 countries evaluated. The United Nations estimates that around 2,000 children live on the streets of Freetown.